The AFF Cup 2020 is still going as planned

4 sporting events organized by AFF in the next 4 months will arrange a time to organize at another time, while the AFF Cup 2020 will still take place is expected to take place in November.

The Southeast Asian Championship (AFF Cup 2020) is kept the same as the previous schedule in November 2020.
The Southeast Asian Championship (AFF Cup 2020) is kept the same as the previous schedule in November 2020.

A meeting of AFF Leaders to discuss plans to organize some tournaments in the next 4 months.

In the event of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Football Association of Southeast Asia (AFF) held a meeting to discuss plans to organize some tournaments in the next 4 months. Accordingly, the Southeast Asian Championship ( AFF Cup 2020 Suzuki Cup) is kept at the scheduled time from November 23 to December 31.

The first tournament to be postponed and not yet scheduled to hold is the Southeast Asia Women’s Football Championship 2020. The tournament is scheduled to take place in the Philippines in May but the Covid-19 epidemic in the Philippines is complicated.

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The next three tournaments will need to be moved to another time: the Southeast Asian Women’s U18 Championship, the Southeast Asian U16 Championship and the Southeast Asian U19 Championship. All three tournaments were originally scheduled to be held in Indonesia in June, July and August 2020.

The AFF Cup 2020 is still scheduled to take place from the end of November
The AFF Cup 2020 is still scheduled to take place from the end of November

The schedule of AFF Cup 2020 is still planned to take place from the end of November while 4 other tournaments planned from May to August 2020 must postpone or postpone the date to another time.

The Vietnamese team aims to defend the championship of the AFF Cup 2020
The Vietnamese team aims to defend the championship of the AFF Cup 2020

“This is a situation that is reluctant for the whole community, not just for football, we need to overcome it together. To be able to overcome this difficult time together, each of us needs to do a good job in our roles and duties, ”AFF President Khiev Sameth shared in a speech on March 25.

“The risk of spreading the disease due to large crowds in tournaments is high, so we considered suspending or canceling it in case of need for AFF tournaments to minimize the risks,” said Khiev Sameth.

Four other AFF tournaments are still underway

Four other AFF tournaments are still underway, including the Southeast Asian Women’s U15 Championship in Indonesia in September and three tournaments to be held at the end of the year in Thailand, including the Futsal Championship. Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian Club futsal and the Southeast Asian Beach Soccer Championship.

The Southeast Asian Club Championship (ACC) is expected to be postponed to 2021. Initially, the ACC is expected to take place with 10 matches in 5 months. However, the conditions and plans of many national tournaments and AFC have not been determined yet. Therefore, the participants can prepare the plan for the tournament in 2021.

“In every situation, we will always follow the developments and be willing to change the plan if necessary. For all AFF decisions, the top priority is always the development of the Southeast Asian football family in particular and the football community in general, ”Mr. Sameth emphasized.

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The AFF President affirmed that the  AFF Cup 2020 always follows the development of the Covid-19 epidemic and the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the government, health agencies, FIFA and AFC. AFF will always be willing to change the plan if necessary.
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